CUC to receive $7.2M from EPA

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THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will receive $7.2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for infrastructure projects to protect surface and drinking water in the CNMI.

Alejandro Diaz, EPA media representative, in an email to Variety, said the amount comes from EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Funds.

Diaz said $3.944 million will be provided to CUC to assist “in [a] wide range of water infrastructure projects, including modernizing aging wastewater infrastructure, implementing water reuse and recycling, and addressing stormwater.”

He said $3.247 million will also be made available for CUC to help install treatment for contaminants in its drinking water systems, improve distribution systems by removing lead [from] service lines, and improve system resiliency to natural disasters such as floods.

“These funds will improve access to clean drinking water and provide necessary wastewater upgrades in our local communities,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Jordan in a statement. “EPA is fully invested in supporting local water resources in the Northern Mariana Islands.”

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